May 2017From the Editor: Jerry A. Goodson W5BFF
Greetings fellow amateur radio operators!
Did you read the April newsletter? No? Oh, yeah! There wasn't one! I rebuilt the server stacks for our mass email system so it will play nice with you email server. These newsletters are blasted out by servers that don't belong to this domain (raccradio.org), so I have to create special records that announces to every server that... well, instead of giving you all the sordid details, I'll just say I think I have it all running like a very efficient HF station, now.
Our cook is recovering nicely from her surgery, however, Ladonna KG5GMC won't be running at full steam this weekend. She says she's not too terribly worried about our breakfast situation considering the wonderful help she's been getting lately.
QST Magazine hit my mailbox, today. The cover of the magazine was a glaring reminder that time has gone by quite quickly for the club, as there are only two meetings left before FIELD DAY! You can certainly expect that to be a topic of discussion this weekend.
Do you get the Four States Amateur Radio Club newsletter? Arthur Christy KF5VWN sends one out every Thursday, and it's free to sign up for the newsletter even if you're not a member. You can sign up by going to http://www.4sarc.org/?page_id=36 and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
ARRL North Texas Section Update: I hate to say anything negative about the hobby, as the VERY FIRST SECTION of Part 97 of the FCC rules and regulations says the purpose of the hobby is to promote international good will. That being said, as we all know from our sour experience with the previous ARRL NTX section administration, there are, in fact, people in the hobby that are poisonous to the very international good will we're supposed to promote.
This past weekend, I attended a helicopter landing zone class at the Atlanta Fire Department, as ordered by the fire chief where I volunteer. Miller County ARES had several operators there, and they have quite an impressive setup. I contacted the new section manager, and inquired as to why Cass County amateur radio operators were continued to be alienated by the Cass County ARES organization, especially since the RACC is an ARRL affiliated club.
Jay Urish W5GM explained the transition from the previous administration has not been smooth, at all. He is working with the Section Emergency Coordinator to get the new Cass County Emergency Coordinator appointed and up to speed, along with trying to get control of section records, web domain, social media, etc. Cass County is one of a handful of counties in the section that has issues with ARES leadership, and he is actively working to correct those issues.
Steven Smith Memorial Meeting: I would like to thank everyone who attended the Steven Smith W5YME (sk) Memorial Meeting in March. We had a record turnout, and I couldn't tell through my own tearing up of there was a dry eye in the room. I know that Smitty, Bob Jones K5HCM (sk) and others we've lost over the years were smiling down on us that day.
I posted the tribute video on YouTube if you missed the meeting, or care to revisit it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtFzHtW53Ww
There were several prizes awarded in that month's drawings, but most significant was the Antennalyzer donated by David Glenn KF5VAE, that even included a formed Pelican Case. The Antennalyzer was won by Jimmy Gibson WB5EYF, who promptly donated it to Jim Collom N5YU to use for the Freedom Link System.
Prize Drawings: This month won't be without the prizes, either! Jim N5YU will have two Yaesu FTM-3100r 2-meter mobile radios!
I won't be with y'all on the net, tonight. I'm headed to Dallas to take care of Ladonna's dad since she's still recovering from her surgery. Maybe she or one of the boys will give me a courtesy check-in. I look forward to seeing y'all this Saturday for pancakes and sausage!
-=Jerry A. Goodson=- W5BFFUpcoming Events: Click [HERE] for all upcoming events on the RACC Website...
The Four States Amateur Radio Club and the Radio Amateurs of Cass County are teaming up this year for Field Day at the North Shore at Lake Wright-Patman.
Freedom Link Group Repeaters
“Linking Radio Communications Across The Four States Area”
|Freq.||ENC / DEC||Input||Call||Location|
|145.110||100.0 / *||144.510||WX5FL||Sulphur Springs|
|* The 145.110 repeater at Sulphur Springs does not transmit a tone, so make sure your radio is programmed for "ENC" only on that frequency.|
|145.170||100.0 / 100.0||144.570||WX5FL||Karnack (Pickin's Hill)|
|145.190||151.4 / 151.4||144.590||WX5FL||Bi-County ARES (Cass and Morris County)|
|The 145.190 repeater is a wide coverage area stand-alone repeater that is not linked with any other repeater.|
|145.310||100.0 / 100.0
88.5 / 100.0 or CSQ
131.8 / 100.0 or CSQ
Caver Ranch RCO
|145.370||136.5 / 136.5||144.770||W5WVH||Tyler ** Not yet linked|
|145.390||100.0 / 100.0||144.790||WX5FL||Texarkana (Barkman Creek)|
|145.450||136.5 / 136.5||144.850||WX5FL||Kilgore|
|145.470||136.5 / 136.5||144.870||WX5FL||Avinger (Lake O' The Pines)|
|146.640||136.5 / 136.5||146.040||K5LET||Longview (East Mountain)|
|146.760||186.2 / 186.2||146.160||N5SHV||Shreveport|
|146.840||100.0 / 100.0||146.240||WX5FL||Marietta (Cussetta Mountain)|
|146.900||100.0 / 100.0||146.300||WX5FL||McLeod / Huffines|
|147.045||107.2 / 94.8 *||147.645||N5THS||Nashville (H.E.A.R. Club)|
|* For local traffic only, use 94.8 / 94.8.|
|147.100||136.5 / 136.5||147.700||WX5FL||Quitman|
|147.360||151.4 / 151.4||147.960||WX5FL||Pittsburg (Midway)|
|444.425||100.0 / 100.0||448.425||WX5FL||Texarkana (Barkman Creek)|